Do you love Philippa Gregory?

WE DO!

And right now, in celebration of the release of her newest novel The Kingmaker’s Daughter, we are hosting a Royal Reads sweepstakes. This is your chance to win a personalized copy of Philippa’s new novel, an entire library of her books, a tea basket complete with biscuits and china and other royal themed treats!

Click on the image below to enter

Visit www.philippagregory.ca for an extended excerpt, author videos and more.

Bones are Forever. Is Seeley Booth?

Update: Thanks to everyone who participated – I’m sure Tempe (both Book and TV versions) appreciate the careful consideration you have all put into her love life.
It was a tight race but Booth came out slightly on top with 117 votes to Ryan’s 101.
A fun fact: At least 20 people voted for Ryan because he’s Canadian. Go Canada!

Congratulations to Carol, who voted “Seeley Booth – how can you improve on perfection?”, for winning our Bones are Forever Prize Pack.

Keep following Simonreads.ca for more author news and giveaways!

Bestselling author Kathy Reichs is also the producer of and inspiration for FOX TV’s BONES – I’ve always been curious about the intersection of the two mediums. Her new release, Bones are Forever has given me cause to revisit that intersection.

The language in Bones are Forever caught me from the start. Reichs is not messing around here. We join Temperance Brennan (Tempe), as her she looks into the eyes of an infant before pulling its body from a bathroom vanity. Reichs shows her victims from the perspective of a forensic anthropologist, her vast knowledge adding a reliable base to the narrative.

Simultaneously, Reichs’ writing hits you in the gut with emotionality. Tempe’s encounters with these young deaths exist in the shadow of motherhood, her own daughter often coming to mind. As Tempe pieces the trail of murders together, she leaves the bleak Montreal bathroom for diamond mining country in Yellowknife, NT.

Along the way, we meet Lieutenant-détective Andrew Ryan. Sorry, that is, “smoking hot,” old-fling, Lieutenant-détective Andrew Ryan. Now, of course, I’m inclined to consider him in contrast to Seeley Booth. What would the TV-boyfriend of Tempe think of this run-in with her old fling? Who do you think is the more compelling love interest and why?

Leave a comment with your choice for Tempe – Andrew Ryan or Seeley Booth. Everyone who comments will be entered to win a Kathy Reichs prize pack, including a library of her books and seasons 1-6 of FOX TV’s BONES, on DVD.

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Contest Ends August 22, 2012.

Meet Kathy Reichs in Toronto.
Watch the trailer.
Visit KathyReichs.com.
Learn more about Bones are Forever.

Jennifer Weiner and Suzy Shier!

Just in time for summer we have a fantastic summer reading sweeps for all of you to enter!

We have partnered with Suzy Shier to give away some prize packs consisting of Suzy Shier gift cards and Jennifer Weiner books AND a signed copy of Jennifer’s new novel The Next Best Thing! For details and to enter click on the image below.

This contest is open July 2-31.

The Colour of Tea Blog Tour

The wafting smell of baking Macarons promises Coconut with Passion Fruit-Spiked Buttercream Filling, Plum and Hibiscus with Chocolate Ganache…This is the sweetness, the filling that delights in Hannah Tunnicliffe’s debut novel, The Colour of Tea.

After moving to Macau, a small and bustling island, Grace finds herself sinking beneath the weight of life-gone-wrong. Seeking solace and friendship and even a little freedom, she opens a cafe. Here, she serves food and drink, builds herself up and is built in kind by unexpected friendships and new bits of happiness.

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Hannah is on a blog tour! Mara at BeNiceorLeaveThanks starts us off with her interview with Hannah and a few words to describe the book: heartbreaking, lusty, sensual, devastating, uplifting, delicious. Click here to read more.

You can find new interviews with Hannah each day this week:

Tuesday – Colleen, from Miss Manifesto

Wednesday – Natalie, from Books from the Purple Jelly Bean Chair 

Thursday – Christy, from Comma Control 

Friday – Luanne, from A Bookworm’s World

Visit Hannah’s website.

Read more about The Colour of Tea.

Get the reading group guide.

The dark side of celebrity

The image of Britney Spears with a shaved head, violently swinging an umbrella at a paparazzi’s car is not something that will soon be forgotten. The world watched while a sweet, innocent young girl’s life was scrutinized and eventually fell apart before our very eyes. This is unfortunately a very real scenario that happens all too often in today’s world of super stardom.  Just look at Lindsay Lohan, Demi Lovato, Amy Winehouse and countless others. Even today, at age 30, Britney Spears is controlled by her father and fiance via co-conservatorship.
 
In the latest novel from #1 New York Times bestselling authors Emma 
McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus, comes a novel about family ties and mega 
stardom – and the secret, dark sides of each.
Emma and Nicola always seems to have their fingers on the pulse of 
current themes, and are able to satirize them to much success. In The 
Nanny Diaries, they depicted the excesses of new wealth in the millennium,
while in Nanny Returns, Emma and Nicola explored the implications of the 
Wall Street financial bust on the Park Avenue set. In Between You and 
Me, they go behind the scenes into the secret world of a megafamous 
pop star — the one that everyone thinks they know (after all, her face is
 plastered across every magazine, tabloid, and celebrity blog) — but 
whose entire existence is a carefully crafted facade.
 
Twenty-seven-year-old Logan Wade has built a life for herself in New 
York City, far from her unhappy childhood in Oklahoma. But when she 
gets the call that her famous cousin needs a new assistant, it’s an offer 
she can’t refuse. Logan hasn’t seen Kelsey since they were separated as
kids; in the meantime, Kelsey Wade has become one of Fortune 
Magazine’s most powerful celebrities and carrion for the paparazzi.  But 
the joy at their reunion is overshadowed by the toxic dynamic between 
Kelsey and her controlling parents. As Kelsey grasps desperately at a 
“real” life, Logan risks everything to try and give her cousin the one thing 
she has never known—happiness. As Kelsey unravels in a horribly public way Logan finds that she will ultimately have to choose between 
saving her cousin and saving herself.
 
Listen to an audiobook excerpt
Between You and Me is in stores June 12.